The Netherlands, in particular Amsterdam, is arguably the internet hub for Europe. Home of the much loved, world famous and largest IX, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), Amsterdam is often seen as the first landing point for providers connecting from the UK into greater Europe.

Netherlands Overview

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Market Overview

The Netherlands, also known as the the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy located in Northern Europe. The Netherlands has a population of over 16.94 million and an internet literacy rate of 93% (15.75 million million internet users).

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

The total GDP of the Netherlands is over US $750 billion and with a contribution of 7.6% from the digital economy, the Netherlands’ data center industry is thriving. Besides The Netherlands’ data centers, the digital economy includes 6.951 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 20.809 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

The Netherlands contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in the Netherlands are:

The Netherlands provides an important connection between the United Kingdom and Europe through submarine cables. There are 253 Dutch data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Amsterdam. Large carrier neutral Dutch data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 981 service providers.

Dutch Rankings

Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.

Richest Data Center Ecosystems

The top five colocation facilities in the Netherlands are:

  1. AM7
  2. Amsterdam
  3. AM5
  4. Global Switch Amsterdam
  5. Science Park 120

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in the Netherlands are:

  1. Alticom
  2. KPN
  3. Equinix
  4. Interxion
  5. Digital Realty

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in the Netherlands are:

  1. Relined Fiber Network
  2. NL-IX
  3. UNET
  4. Colt Technology Services

Energy Distribution

Energy is a significant issue for data centers and the Netherlands has good coverage of the energy sector. The Netherlands is energized by 14.6% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil/nuclear fuels. This gives Dutch colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.00 and 1.80. The average PUE for Dutch data centers is 1.21. Dutch colocation facilities provide over 293.42 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 0.90 kW to 10.00 kW.

Natural Disasters

The Netherlands has a above average natural disaster risk score of 8.24% according to the Work Risk Index. The country experiences multiple natural disasters that affect data centers including earthquakes, storms, floods and sea level rise.

Service Providers

The Netherlands’ communications industry is regulated by ACM (Autoriteit Consument & Markt). Major players in the carrier space include:

  • KPN
  • Vodafone
  • T-Mobile
  • Tele2

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene Dutch Facts

  • Total number of Dutch data centers: 253
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 981
  • Total number of network fabrics: 18
  • Latest Dutch data center added: Rotterdam
  • Latest Dutch data centers service provider:
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in the Netherlands: 43

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